About us

IGAU was an independent analytic resource running from January 2016 to December 2019 designed to help make poverty reduction central to processes of economic growth and devolution in Greater Manchester, and to provide research, analysis and insight on inclusive growth in other UK cities.

Making a difference

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The Unit was jointly funded by the University’s Faculty of Humanities as part of its commitment to making a difference and addressing inequalities in our city region, and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, as part of its programme of work on cities, growth and poverty reduction.


The Unit worked collaboratively and were supported by a strategic advisory group comprising of a mix of private, public and third sector representatives from across Greater Manchester.